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Francisco Toledo, Horny frog kite I (with cricket)
 
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TITLE:  Horny frog kite I (with cricket)
ARTIST:  Francisco Toledo (Mexican, b.1940)
WORK DATE:  2007
CATEGORY:  Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
MATERIALS:  Watercolor, with stencil print, on hand made paper
EDITION/SET OF:  Original
SIZE:  h: 36 x w: 24 in / h: 91.4 x w: 61 cm
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  MLA Gallery   541-359-3630  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  This is one of the hand made kites, that was created by Toledo around 2007, as a charity project for the local library construction. It is signed by Toledo on the front. He created most of these kites, with his workshop. A very small number were painted by the Master's hand. This is one of them. It was acquired directly from the artist's studio, in around 2007, by an associate of our gallery, and has outstanding provenance. Toledo represented that he painted only a very small number by his own hand, and those are the only ones he was willing to sign on the front. So, this work represents an original work by Toledo, at a small fraction of the cost of a comparably sized painting. We guarantee the authenticity. This work is available beautifully framed, in a Roma hardwood box, with silk matting.

Francisco Toledo is widely regarded as the most important, elusive and controversial artist working in Mexico today. His art draws on human, animal and mineral life and explores both indigenous, Zapotec, and worldwide cultures. He freely associates direct observations from nature with metaphors from literature and art. The work of Blake, Goya, and the writings of Kafka and Borges have been especially influential.

A protege of Rufino Tamayo, Toledo traveled and lived in Europe, where he worked briefly with William Stanley Hayter, in Atelier 17. He is a printmaker, painter and sculptor. Toledo is a great patron of the arts in Oaxaca, his native state, where he, as the driving force behind Oaxaca's cultural renaissance, has founded museums and art centers. Toledo is passionately engaged with the history and religion of the indigenous Mexican peoples. His work deals with themes of creation, potency, sensuality and metamorphosis, and is often located in the worlds of the spirit where animals and humans freely comingle.

Toledo arrived in Paris aged 19, and was showing in leading galleries throughout Europe and New York within 5 years. Despite his success he returned to Mexico in 1965, with a deep interest in recovering elements of his native Zapotec ethnicity and the cultural mixes particular to the Isthmus region. He has since explored both indigenous and worldwide cultures in his work, freely associating direct observations from nature with metaphors from literature and art. References to Blake, Goya, Ensor, Dürer, Kice, Miró, and writers like Kafka and Borges, become entwined with imagery from popular Indian fables and the political history of Mexico to create strange, harrowing visions like a woman overwhelmed by predatory fish and a human skeleton trapped within a grasshopper. More recently he has concentrated on self-portraits, close anatomical studies of small creatures and clay reliefs that erode in the rain.

Since the eighties Toledo has led a parallel life, actively engaged in social projects, running a publishing house and transforming colonial buildings in Oaxaca into cultural centres. They now house remarkable collections of graphics and photographs, as well as spaces for exhibitions and films and a library for the blind, used by locals and visitors. His original artistic vision, zealous insistence on the holistic role of artists in society and radical cultural interventions have made Toledo a major force in contemporary Mexican art.

ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Inventory Catalogue I. : Contemporary Fine Art
 
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